We Are People, Always

16 Aug 2012

Chris Sprow for the Morning News:

People in mental hospitals are pretty normal. In fact, they’re just like my family. They’re quiet, or loud, moody, addicted to drugs. They hold grudges. They have all of our tendencies, but they recognize their problems and want to fix them.

We are people, always — even when have fallen down, even when we are not well, even when we seem not to be. It is our failure to recall this simple truth that accounts for most of the discord between human beings. We would do well to remind ourselves of that phrase — “we are people, always” — before speaking out in anger, in hate, in anything but understanding.